Marsh names new Nashville office chief

Gallagher exec makes move, Pennisi staying on in client service role

Insurance broker Marsh has picked a new head for its local office, recruiting a veteran of Arthur J. Gallagher.

Todd Batson comes to Marsh, the world's largest brokerage, after spending 15 years at Gallagher and Gale Smith + Company, which Gallagher acquired in 2008. He is responsible for the overall success of Marsh's local Nashville office, which is home to 51 people.

"As we seek to grow our presence in Tennessee, Todd's proven leadership and knowledge of the local business community makes him the ideal candidate to lead our Nashville office," said Lee Stevenson, Marsh’s Southeast partnership leader.

Batson takes over Marsh's top local spot from Ric Pennisi, who is staying with the firm and will continue to work with Nashville-area clients. His hiring comes after Marsh had to say good-bye early this year to Kristin Dixon, who had led its Southeastern health care group.

"Tennessee's business economy is thriving and leading businesses are seeking advice and innovative solutions to help identify and mitigate the increasingly complex risks they face," Batson said in a statement. "Marsh has a strong history of helping clients develop effective solutions to these challenges, and I'm delighted to lead the extremely talented team in Nashville to continue this tradition."